The Long Beach Unified School District and Long Beach City College partnered recently to host a Contractor Outreach Fair, designed to promote local business participation in upcoming school bond projects.
The event drew about 100 individuals, representing a variety of construction fields. School district and college facilities staffs presented detailed information about how to qualify to bid on projects in the near future. For jobs of $500,000 or more, companies are required to pre-qualify to bid by registering online.
Also represented at the event were pre-approved general contractors for LBUSD who are seeking subcontractors and skilled workers for the dozens of construction and repair projects funded by the $1.5 billion Measure E school bond program.
"We really want to reach out to local companies and workers, so that we can keep our contracting dollars within the community," said Alan Reising, executive director of Facilities Development and Planning.
"At the same time, we remain diligent in ensuring that taxpayer dollars are being spent efficiently and wisely, with both quality and value as key requirements for all our projects."
Reising said the partnership with LBCC began because both entities are subject to the same regulatory requirements and strict safety standards for public schools in California.
"With both organizations embarking on major school building and repair programs, it made sense for us to come together to reach out to the community," Reising said.
LBUSD has conducted four such outreach fairs in the past, typically during spring or summer. Plans already are underway for a 2018 event this coming spring.